Book Review: The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd

secret horses of briair hill.jpgWhen I picked up this book, I was under the impression that it would leave me a sobbing mess like A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

It didn’t. But that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a good book, I just means I shouldn’t expect the same things from different authors.

There were several things I enjoyed about this book, one of them being the flying horses. I’ll never truly understand the metaphor behind it, unless I want to analyze it, but I’m not that invested in it.

I’m also not too sure what time period the book takes place in. I know it’s during one of the wars in Europe though. I think it may be WWI because they mention tuberculosis near the end of the book, but I’m not a history person so I could be wrong.

The main character, Emmaline, lived in a sort of orphanage. Her guardians were nuns and she was only in the place she was because she had tuberculosis. She had a different word for it, which is why I wasn’t sure what was going on. The setting wasn’t too clear. Bombs were mentioned, and Germans, but nothing too concrete to make a clear picture in my mind.

It was a good book though. I enjoyed it but I think it would’ve been better had Emmaline died at the end. The story would’ve just become stronger.



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